PAST PRESENCE is a collaboration between design studio founders Jean and Oliver Pelle of PELLE, and antique dealer and jewelry designer Russell Whitmore of Erie Basin. The collection brings together PELLE’s modern design sensibilities with Whitmore’s specialization in jewelry fabrication and historical design.
With the goal of creating a collection that spans beyond the contemporary context, PELLE and Erie Basin layered decorative elements onto modern forms, combining romantic nostalgia with clean lines. The collection was conceived with intentional playfulness, and each piece experiments with traditional methods and rarely-used materials, creating provocative juxtapositions of weight, austerity, and scale.
PAST PRESENCE is a collection of three new unusual pieces that resulted from the collaboration.
Silver Veil is a large table lamp that features a beaded fringe detail on an angular solid body. The lamp base is plated in pure polished silver, creating a highly reflective surface that allows the lamp to effectively dematerialize. A curtain of sterling-silver beaded chains encloses two sides of the lamp, veiling the light source and a dimmer dial set with Maw Sit Sit – a rare jade-like gemstone. The dial’s placement invites you to touch the beaded curtain as you turn the lamp on and off, creating a mesmerizing swinging motion.